QuickyPinion: Warped Socialism for the Wealthy

American citizens keep getting bombarded with smear attacks on socialism. Yet, we live in a country of warped socialism for the wealthy. The very oligarchs who smear real socialism for the people as something that doesn’t work are the ones who receive all the benefits of a socialism for the rich. They are the ones who get enormous freebies from the government and can count on being bailed out by the government if things don’t go well for them.

The very definition of socialism is a socially responsible system of an economy and politics made possible through law and government, the latter often having to come in and help out people at times of need. The goal: everybody receives based on their needs rather than on how much they can pay for in a highly unequal wealth distribution. Instead of this we currently have socialism for the rich, a government and set of laws which almost exclusively helps them at extreme expense for the rest of us.

The rich get huge gifts from our government (like cheap lands and subsidies for their corporations even as they move U.S. jobs abroad or replace working people with machines). They get those even though they are the least needy for financial help (being rich already, after all). These gifts are financed by cutting services to working class Americans who often desperately need them. The gifts to the rich also include tax loopholes and tax breaks. The rich and their corporations get tax havens abroad while working U.S.-citizens get taxed or even hit with ruinous fees by the IRS, treasury, and state tax agencies when they work and live abroad (except when the foreign taxes exceed their U.S. taxes in which case double-taxation protection treaties can come into effect; but costly tax filings are still demanded). And when banks or businesses of the rich fail, they get bail-outs.

These are examples of the unequal treatment of the rich (boost, safeguard, help them in any way, and turn their policy suggestions into law) and the rest of us (tax us, fine us, hold us back, harass us, deny us aid, make false promises, cut our wages and benefits, and ignore our wishes).

So… a gouging capitalism for “ordinary” Americans is combined with a warped parody of socialism for the rich giving them subsidies, gifts, bail-outs, monopoly protections, and tax loopholes while more and more of the rest of us drown in poverty.

 

And if this article was too short for you, there is a great read that came out this Tuesday on The Revolution Continues, reminding me of why I have so long loathed Halloween, telling us how to check up on the toxic tap water we may have flowing at home…

 

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-10-26 (22 videos)

An amazing number of brilliant women made fantastic arguments and analyses this week. Don’t miss them nor the also insightful men in these 22 outstanding videos treating what’s wrong and how to make change.

Stars and channels: Krystal Ball, Naomi Klein, Jane Fonda, Jill Stein, Bernie, Richard Wolff, Taya Graham (The Real News Network), John Spritzler, The Rational National, The Michael Brooks Show, Jimmy Dore, Gayle McLaughlin (the California Progressive Alliance), Harriet Fraad, Politics and Prose, Aaron Glantz, Democracy Now!, Ralph Nader, Steven Greenhouse, Nick Hanauer, and more.

Topics:

  1. #MfA: Universal Healthcare for Liberty
  2. Risks for All, Not Just Investors
  3. Police Crimes: Our Dungeon & Dragon Society
  4. Let’s Have No Government by and for Criminals
  5. Bernie (Reviews, Movement, Track Record, Market vs Society)
  6. Bernie & Tulsi Combo: Might it Landslide the Nation?
  7. Corporatists and Oligarchs Looking for Another “D” Puppet
  8. Organizing Outside of Political Parties
  9. The Source and Success of Racism
  10. Humor: The ‘Elites’ Crying When We Call Out their Corruption
  11. The Twin Party Tyranny Blocking Representation of the People
  12. Panel: Naomi Klein & Jane Fonda – Sunrise, Climate, & Humanity
  13. Banksters: The Then & Now Real Estate Raid
  14. Indigenous Dealing with California Wildfires
  15. Immigration & Border: Many Victims are Native Americans
  16. American Past, Present, & Future & Comparison w/ Other Nations
  17. SCOTUS, The Achilles Heal of Democracy
  18. A 0.1%er Getting Some of the Wrongness

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-10-19 (26 videos)

This weekend collection of wakeful videos has two main sections: (A) much on this week’s candidate issues (esp. real & false progressives) and (B) much on the forces that create right-wingers/neo-nazis and neoliberals/meritocracy-believers & hillbots — and if or how to deal with them. The first group is mostly created from people crushed onto the floor, the second mostly from upper middle-classers who won life’s lottery at least to some extent and are either contemptuous or dismissive and ignorant of those who didn’t. Then these two camps go at each other’s throats without realizing that they are being manipulated from the top to defend the status quo that causes all this division and endless suffering.

So much stuff, I had to move some to a ‘part B’ follow-up.

Topics:

  1. Bernie (Black Movement, Grassroots Organizer, Endorsements)
  2. AOC on a Just Society & a Planet to Live
  3. Mike Gravel’s Analysis: +Bernie, +Tulsi, -Warren
  4. Best Not to Waste Efforts on Hillbots
  5. Normalized Presidential Violations (Forget Impeachments)
  6. Big Money Buying Our Minds
  7. How People at the Bottom are Duped into Fascism
  8. What Makes the Lower White Working Class Dangerous
  9. How to Talk to Cultists (like Fascists)
  10. The False License to Dominate
  11. How & Why the “Christian” Right Was Manufactured
  12. Media War on Bernie & the American People
  13. Entertainment: Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’
  14. Humor: HRC BS
  15. Humor: Talking Back to an Establishment Shill
  16. Try Some Anti-Commercialism (Teen without iPhone)

 

1. Bernie (Black Movement, Grassroots Organizer, Endorsements)

Why African Americans are on FIRE for Bernie Sanders

Why African Americans are on FIRE for Bernie Sanders
African Americans For Bernie Sanders  
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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-21 (21 videos)

The latest weekend collection of recent best videos spreading news and ideas for positive change of our rotten world. Lots of good stuff you may have missed. Every week a new one. (Notice: Producing these when caught in financial struggles is hard. So, spreading the word and subscribing (for free) is a helpful thing to do.)

Stars and channels: Stars and channels: Chris Hedges, Jesse Ventura, Richard Wolff, Amy Goodman, The Michael Brooks Show, The Real News Network, John Spritzler, Tom Nicholas, Peter Coffin, Cowboy Economist, AJ+, The Grayzone, NonCompete, The Jimmy Dore Show, and more…

Topics:

  1. News: Space Warmongering, Neurocapitalism (Thought-Policing), Academic Corruption
  2. Economy: Recent Financial Tremor, China, Monopolies & Cartels
  3. Corporate Dictatorship (Modern America)
  4. Latest Union Fights
  5. Workers’ Factory Occupation
  6. Immigration & Mass Migration: Weapons of the Oligarchy
  7. Inequality Report – A Thorough Overview
  8. Neoliberalism: History, Causes, Effects, & Mind Warping
  9. Manufactured Division vs Solidarity
  10. Satire: Progressive Review of the D-Primary Candidates
  11. Police State: ICE Plows into Peaceful Protesters with a Truck
  12. Our Gitmo Shame
  13. Dealing with a Corrupt Supreme Court
  14. Spy Technology’s Corrupt Profits
  15. John Bolton’s Firing – The Ins and Outs
  16. Entertainment: Gelflings, Skeksis, and the Liberal-Fascist Bargain
  17. Humor: Progressive Laughs In Bill Maher’s Face

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A Fantastic Interview of Richard Wolff by Abby Martin

From back in 2016 and nearly one and a half million views by now. A must-see if you missed it or forgot much of it by now with all that is going on all the time. (and there is a follow-up to be shared this coming Video Weekend)

Marxism 101: How Capitalism is Killing Itself with Dr. Richard Wolff
Empire Files

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-08-31 (18 videos)

A collection of great videos you may have missed (most of them new this past week). Very informative! And several even comedic and yet very informative. So… revelations and fun!

Stars & channels: Newsbroke, John Spritzler, The Real News Network, Niko House, The Humanist Report, Ralph Nader, The Grayzone, Redacted Tonight, Jimmy Dore, ContraPoints, and more.

Topics:

  1. Humor: Capitalism vs Climate (Newsbroke)
  2. Those in Power Pretending to be on Our Side
  3. You Want to Know the Real Trump Election Fraud? (Not Russiahhh)
  4. Tulsi: An Interview Letting her Answer the Questions
  5. Warren, The Fake Progressive
  6. Healthcare Destruction: Privatization of Medicare
  7. Communism Failing on its Own?
  8. Ralph Nader Radio Hour: “Juuling” & Anybody But Trump?
  9. Media: Insights into the Corporate Media Bias
  10. Why the American People Need to Revolt
  11. Forced Neoliberalism a Stepping Stone for Fascism
  12. The History and Psychology of Genocide Policy
  13. Immigration: Illegal Green Aliens
  14. Mindfulness for Solidarity rather than Personal Isolation
  15. Humor: 4 Humorous Political Videos (on 2016, Biden, Koch, & the Inefficient Left)

 

1. Humor: Capitalism vs Climate (Newsbroke)

Another attempt to turn scary topics funny:

Can Our Planet Survive Capitalism?
AJ+  
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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-08-24 (20 videos)

Another week’s collection of great videos for political awakening. Loads of info on our rigged democracy and suggestions for a real one. Exposure of the corrupt oligarchy and puppet media. And breaking out of our mental prisons.

Stars and channels: Chris Hedges, Nick Braña, Kim Iversen, Francesca Fiorentini (Newsbroke), Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk), PDRBoston, The Real News Network, Christo Aivalis, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), The Michael Brooks Show, Thought Slime, The Jimmy Dore Show, The School of Life, John Spritzler, and more.

Topics:

  1. Movement for a People’s Party (MPP)
  2. Democracy: Our Fake Democracy from Above, Real Democracy from the Bottom
  3. Toxic Political Partisanship
  4. America’s & Israel’s Breeding of Savagery
  5. Peaceful Revolution: Learning from Scandinavia
  6. Our Real Problem (Culture/Mentality)
  7. Economy: Fake Booming Economy & Working Class History, Present, & Future
  8. Police Corruption: Our Taxes Used to Silence Victims
  9. Uplifting Bernie Discussion
  10. The “Liberal” Mind Prison
  11. Media War on the People (Anti-Medicare & Pro-Trump/Pro-Oligarchy)
  12. How We Lie to Ourselves (Psychological Insight)
  13. Egalitarian Movement for Democracy

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-08-17 (25 videos)

Once again a great alternative to pointless cable news and entertainment for this weekend. Great videos on politics and economics helping us to become more informed and able to fight for much needed change.

  1. Rational Push for Change (A Must Hear) ***
  2. Government Money Spent Wisely or Not
  3. Public Enemy Billionaires #1
  4. Immigration: The Rulers Playing us Against Each Other
  5. Bernie: Once Again Impressing the Lost
  6. Medicare for All: The Private Insurance False Flag
  7. Media: Public Brainwash
  8. Economics: Profit vs Prosperity | Democratic Socialism
  9. Fascism: Right-Wing Identity Politics & Terrorism
  10. The Greed Culture
  11. World: Yellow Vests Update
  12. Empire: U.S. Starves Venezuela
  13. Elections: U.S.A-Gate & Our Fake Elections
  14. The D-Party: Terror Oligarchy | “Moderate” Dems | Obama
  15. Humor: Nick Brana in Comedy
  16. Building a People’s State Government ***

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Mississippi, ICE, ISIS, “Illegal Aliens” – And Some Rational Thoughts

In the aftermath of the recent ICE raids and the outrage on both sides (one legit, the other absurd) some reasonable thoughts finally emerged. Thoughts everyone should mull over. The following video presents some of them and my commentary below goes further:

 

11 Year Old Girl Tearfully Pleas For Father’s Release From ICE Custody
The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder

That terrible government official in the shared video above (someone I admit to call an oligarchy pig in the back of my mind) speaks of “criminal search warrants”. I must ask: How the heck do we, the people, let these power peddling corrupticians get away with criminalizing misdemeanors and labeling people as illegal? How can any honest and morally upstanding person put entering a country without a visa on the same level with committing murder, rape, or child kidnapping (the latter done by the same “police” forces who go after this supposed “crime”)?  Continue reading “Mississippi, ICE, ISIS, “Illegal Aliens” – And Some Rational Thoughts”

Wakeful Videos 2019-08-10 (24 videos)

This is essentially a collection of enlightening videos published once a week and so helpful in learning what is really going on and how we may change our rigged system into a good one that everyone should watch them. The top topic this week: mass shootings (intelligent thoughts, not the usual BS).

Channels: Empire Files, Kim Iversen, John Spritzler, AJ+, Thom Hartmann, Greg Palast, RT America, The Humanist Report, Democracy Now!, PowerfulJRE, RT UK, HOT 97, Secular Talk, The Majority Report, Graham Elwood, The Grayzone, The Jimmy Dore Show, The School of Life…

Topics:

  1. Mass Shootings: Why they Happen
  2. Oh-So Criminal “Illegal” Immigrants
  3. National “Defense” For Profit
  4. Medicare for All: Bernie, Scare Tactics & Private Insurance
  5. Bernie: 6+ Million Views of Lengthy Informative Interview
  6. Capitalism: The Global Rentier System, UBI & the 1%
  7. Capitalism: The Current Trend May Have the Top 10% Own EVERYTHING by 2052
  8. Easy Elections Hacking in America
  9. Recent AOC Interview
  10. Rich Boys: The Koch Boy
  11. War-for-Profit Empire: U.S. Kills More Afghan Civilians than the Taliban
  12. World: Interesting Maduro Interview (Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal in Venezuela)
  13. Police Brutality against the Homeless
  14. The Billionaire Meter on Candidates
  15. Humor: Political Porn Comedy
  16. Loneliness & Friendship

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